Twelve. The number “12” bears significance throughout biblical and non-biblical history.

In the Old Testament, the twelve tribes of Israel symbolize the completeness of the chosen nation.

In the New Testament, the twelve disciples of Jesus represent the authority of the first followers of Christ.

In human history, ancient Egyptians are credited with naming twelve months as a calendar year.

In the lore of Christmas carols, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was first composed and sung in England
in 1780.

At this, the beginning of a new year, may we consider twelve life lessons, collectively gleaned from
centuries of life experience:

1. It is not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that matters.
2. You can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. After that, you better know something.
3. You can keep going long after you think you can’t.
4. It is easier to react than to think.
5. You and your best friend can do anything or nothing, and still you have the best time.
6. Always leave loved ones with kind words. It may be the last time you see them.
7. The clothes you like best may be the ones that have the most holes in them.
8. You may feel angry for a good reason, but you have no good reason to be cruel.
9. Heroes/Heroines are the ones who do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
10. No matter how deeply your heart is broken, the world does not stop for your grief.
11. Your biological family may not always be there for you. People who are not related to you may care for you, love you and enable you to trust again. Family is not biological.
12. It is not what happens to you that matters but what you do with what happens to you.


In the midst of these life lessons and of other life lessons yet to be learned in the New Year, may we live
with the knowledge of this divine promise: Remember that I am with you always, even to the end of time. (Matthew 28:20)

Beside you in the journey of faith,
Rev. Barbara